Italian Broadcaster Sues YouTube For €500M

Law360, New York (July 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Italian broadcasting company Mediaset SpA became the latest media company to sue Google Inc.'s YouTube for copyright infringement on Wednesday when it filed a lawsuit in a Rome court seeking €500 million ($779 million) in damages.

Mediaset, which owns several television networks in Italy and one in Spain, said in a statement that it filed the suit after it analyzed YouTube's content in June and found 4,643 clips that allegedly infringed its copyrighted programming.

The content totaled 325 hours, and based on the number of hits...
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